The Miami Heat had their 7 game winning streak snapped on Monday in a disappointing loss to the Chicago Bulls. The last team they beat? The Bucks on Sunday, 97-79. Now, the rematch, but this time in Milwaukee. The Bucks beat the Wizards on Monday to improve to 23-20 while the Heat dropped to 25-18.
On Sunday, the Heat throttled the Bucks in the second half and came away with an easy win in the 4th. But this game will likely be much different. Miami will now likely be without Tyler Johnson, who suffered an ankle injury on Monday in Chicago. The Bucks would like some revenge and to continue to close the gap between them and Miami.
This is a critical game for the Heat who are just games between 4th and 8th in the East. This is the 2nd game of Miami’s 5-game road trip.
When: Wednesday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 37% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Milwaukee: Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, John Henson
Miami: Goran Dragic, Derrick Jones Jr., Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside
Bucks: Jabari Parker (Out)
Heat: Rodney McGruder (Out, Leg Fracture), Okaro White (Out, Foot), Dion Waiters (Out, ankle surgery), Tyler Johnson (Doubtful, ankle)
What To Watch For
Giannis in transition!
This is where the Bucks get their fuel and energy at home. The Heat have to keep Giannis under control in the open court. That means limiting turnovers and not making mental mistakes. They made plenty of mistakes in Chicago, and it cost them the game. That has to go away. Miami needs to keep their turnover number around 13 or below to have a realistic shot at winning this game.
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